Armenian Manuscripts at the Cambridge University Library

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Some of the Trust’s Armenian manuscripts will be on display tomorrow (Wednesday 8th May) at the Cambridge University Library, as part of an event to celebrate the publication of Dr Vrej Nersessian’s catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts in the British Library. Talk, reception and display from 5pm at the UL. More information at

Review of ‘From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951’

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From the Oxus to Mysore in 1951 by Raymond & Bridget Allchin (Harding Simpole, 2012) Review by Anna Collar reprinted from INDIRAN 7 (Winter 2012) Bridget and Raymond Allchin’s account of a year of archaeology and  travel in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in 1951 is an unusual combination of history, anecdote, memories and observation, switching between the voices of the authors. It opens with some extraordinary recollections of their early lives: Raymond throwing an (unopened) tin of tomato soup at his sister; dancing naked on the windowsills of their Ealing home …

Last month of ‘Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire’

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Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire Exhibition runs at the British Library until 2 April 2013 **** ‘a revelation’ The Daily Telegraph | **** ‘spectacular’ The Times | **** ‘enthralling’ Metro This exhibition is the first to document the entire period, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, through more than 200 exquisite objects. Special events Mughal India: A Study Day  Saturday 9 March 2013, 10.00 – 17.00 This study day features presentations and discussions by noted scholars and art historians: Professor Ebba Koch (Institute of Art History, …

In Our Time on Radio 4

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Melvyn Bragg’s radio 4 programme on the ‘History of Ideas’, In Our Time, has recently aired a number of programmes that are of direct relevance and interest to the Trust. In fact, one of our Trustees, Professor Almut Hintze (SOAS) was a guest on one of these programmes! So I thought I’d include some links through to the website where you can access these programmes and listen to them again. The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: The Cult of Mithras (with Almut Hintze): The Upanishads: and then earlier in …